New email contact for instructional faculty

Beginning 8/15/17 instructional faculty have a designated email for queries that are not teaching or course-related. Previously, faculty reached out to Wendy Trevor, but going forward we ask that you please use... [ read more ]

Anna Zendell and Rosemary McDonald Publish Article in FRA Today

School of Health Sciences Faculty Program Director Anna Zendell, Ph.D.,M.S.W. and Adjunct Faculty Rosemary McDonald, L.M.W. recently co-wrote and published an article about PTSD in the military  in an issue of Fleet... [ read more ]

What Students Want in Online Classrooms

By Amy Erickson What Students Want “What do Students Want in Online Classes?” I wanted an answer to this question, so I tuned in to Jill Schiefelbein’s 20-Minute Mentor video. In her... [ read more ]

Encouraging Students to take Responsibility for their Own Learning

By Amy Erickson Taking Responsibility “It’s not about achieving outcomes. It is about getting them [students] to want to achieve the outcomes” (Price, 2017b, para. 51). This idea really stood out to... [ read more ]

Using Infographics in the Classroom

By Amy Erickson What is an Infographic? In the May edition of Online Classroom, Dr. John Orlando’s article on infographics caught my eye. Some may be asking, what is an infographic? According... [ read more ]

Communicating Effectively to Encourage Student Learning and Engagement

By Amy Erickson Our Expertise The more I read about teaching methodologies and student engagement, the more I realize that one’s mastery of content only goes so far. Our ability to captivate... [ read more ]

Engaging Students by Being an Entertaining Teacher

By Amy Erickson Teaching and Entertaining In the April edition of the Online Classroom newsletter, Dr. John Orlando brings up some excellent points about expectations surrounding instructors. In this article, he discusses... [ read more ]

Teaching Misbehaviors to Avoid

By Amy Erickson Behavior Modification When one thinks of misbehavior in the classroom, one tends to think of a disruptive student. In an online classroom, bad behavior can be magnified since students... [ read more ]

Using Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

By Amy Erickson Useful Feedback Excelsior instructors are asked to provide feedback prior to a class being half completed. For many of us teaching eight-week courses, that halfway point was last week.... [ read more ]

Incorporating Storytelling into Your Teaching

By Amy Erickson               Grabbing the Brain This week, I watched Dr. Alice Cassidy’s 20-Minute Mentor video “How Can I Enhance Class Using Story, Popular Media... [ read more ]

Teaching with Digital Timelines

By Amy Erickson Context When I began studying literature in college, I distinctly remember feeling like I needed to know so much more than just what happened in a poem or between... [ read more ]

Innovative Teaching Techniques

By Amy Erickson In this month’s Online Classroom newsletter, Leilani Carver shares challenges she faced and innovations she employed after being asked to offer a public speaking class online. While many topics... [ read more ]

Engaging Students through Mini Lectures

  By Amy Erickson Mini Lectures Next month, I’ll be giving a presentation on microlectures to Excelsior faculty. As I looked into resources to fortify this discussion, I came across a wonderful... [ read more ]

Journaling to Reflect on Course Content

Pause and Reflect “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience” (John Dewey, n.d.). This quote came to mind while reading Dr. Orlando’s article in the February edition... [ read more ]

Assessing Your Grading Policy

GPA Last year, a student emailed me with a question. After introducing herself, she reminded me that she had taken my class the previous summer. She told me that she achieved a... [ read more ]

Increase Student Engagement with Animation

By Amy Erickson Getting Animated Last week, I went over both the expected and unexpected results Robert Talbert experienced after implementing video assignments into the online classroom. Talbert (2017) found that using... [ read more ]

Increase Student Engagement with Video Assignments

By Amy Erickson Visible Learning In the January edition of The Online Classroom, Robert Talbert offers several compelling reasons for using video assignments in the online classroom. Instead of submitting a sheet... [ read more ]

Engaging Students by Being a Master Teacher

WWMTD? What would a master teacher do? I found myself asking this question before I tuned in to watch Dr. Kris Roush’s Magna 20-Minute Mentor video “How Do Master Teachers Create a... [ read more ]

Connecting with Students in Courses

Engagement Engaged students are a joy to have in any classroom. Perhaps that is why we all perk up when we hear strategies to captivate our students and communicate our own excitement... [ read more ]

Using Online Tools to Help Students Succeed

By Amy Erickson Online Tools I understand that educational technology can feel overwhelming at times. Instructors are surrounded by information on new programs, apps, and tools to assist students. Perhaps this is... [ read more ]

Using Weekly Newsletters to Communicate with Students

By Amy Erickson Classroom Newsletter Because the online classroom does not have continuous instructor presence, Excelsior course developers are meticulous about anticipating student questions and providing answers. Excelsior instructors and students can... [ read more ]

Strategies for Connecting with Students in the New Year

By Amy Erickson Preparing for 2017 With the year coming to a close, many of us are preparing for our 2017 classes. I have been reviewing my notes about what has worked... [ read more ]

Helping Students Connect To Course Content

By Amy Erickson Adding Zest With the holidays around the corner, I’ve been thinking about recipes and how I can bring unique and bold flavors to the table. Last weekend, I made... [ read more ]